Neuroanatomical correlates to central deafness

Frank E. Musiek, Wei Wei Lee

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Our research experience with five centrally deaf patients showed that damage to various anatomical sites could result in central deafness. This finding was contrary to the commonly held notion that both Heschl's gyri must be severely damaged to yield central deafness. To discover whether lesions in various brain areas could cause central deafness, we reviewed 33 cases of central deafness reported in the literature which had sufficient radiological data to determine the anatomical regions involved. Both Heschl's gyri were involved in the majority of these cases, but there were definite exceptions. In these exceptional cases of central deafness, subcortical areas were involved (usually the internal capsule), as was the insula. Overall findings are discussed and recommendations are offered for the future study of centrally deaf patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)18-25
Number of pages8
JournalScandinavian Audiology, Supplement
Issue number49
StatePublished - 1998
Externally publishedYes


  • Central deafness
  • Heschl's gyrus
  • Temporal lobe

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology


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